Chelsea win race for the 'Pogba of defence'

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Kurt Zouma has decided to join for Chelsea ahead of Inter Milan, according to Italian agent Oscar Damiani.

The French teenager has become one of the hottest transfer properties after a string of impressive performances for St Etienne.

Despite recently serving a 10-game ban for a bone-breaking tackle, interest remained high with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho keen to use him to replace the outgoing John Terry.

The Blues weren't the only ones who were keen to take the 19-year-old away from Ligue 1. Chelsea were battling away with Serie A giants Inter Milan, who have the backing of their new billionaire Erick Thohir.

Chelsea had reportedly agreed a £12.5m deal but Zouma was having his head turned by other offers.

But now Italian agent Oscar Damiani has confirmed that the player has rejected the chance to join Inter Milan for Chelsea, believing the Premier League to be a more competitive stage.

Gazzetta dello Sport quote Oscar Damiani as saying: "He's not going to Inter, but to Mourinho's Chelsea. It's a shame for Inter because Zouma is the Pogba of defence.

"But it is not just a question of money, the fact is that the Premier League has most appeal."

If Zouma can sign before the 11pm deadline, he will be Chelsea's fourth addition of the January window, following Nemanja Vidic, Mohamed Salah and Bertrand Traore to Stamford Bridge.

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